Sen. Lindsey Graham on judicial oversight of drone assassinations: ‘worst thing in the world’

By End the Lie

Sen. Lindsey Graham's official portrait circa 2006 (Image credit: U.S. Senate)

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s official portrait circa 2006 (Image credit: U.S. Senate)

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said that judicial oversight of drone assassinations would be the “worst thing in the world” in response to the many people calling for some kind of court overseeing the so-called targeted killing program.

Unfortunately, many of the recommendations for oversight are essentially calling for another secret court to oversee the killings, a situation which is far from ideal.

Still, one might argue that anything is better than the current system wherein anyone can be targeted for assassination, even without clear evidence, according to a leaked Justice Department white paper, based on a secret executive branch review – all built on a secret legal justification which never has to be publicly revealed.

Graham – the same individual who revealed that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA indeed apply to Americans way back in 2011 – made the statements in response to calls for oversight by Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican.

It is important to point out that Paul is among the few in Washington who have actually been quite open in questioning the drone program, especially surrounding President Barack Obama’s nominee for director of the CIA, John Brennan.

These questions, among others, have led to delays which the White House chief of staff has called “a grave concern,” according to the Associated Press.

“Senate Republicans are also talking about holding up the nomination of John Brennan, the president’s chief counterterrorism adviser, to head the CIA and Rand Paul […] says one of the things he wants to ensure is that a president can’t order a drone attack against an American citizen without a judicial review,” Chris Wallace said on Fox. “Is Senator Paul wrong?”

“Well I think the worst thing in the world is to have the courts decide who to target in the war on terrorists – terrorism,” replied Graham, correcting himself.

“Courts are not military commanders. The commander-in-chief has the right under our law and the authorization to use military force [sic] to designate the enemy,” Graham continued, improperly citing the name of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF).

“I think we do need drones to patrol our borders,” Graham said. “But I don’t think you need a drone to attack an al Qaeda operative inside the United States.”

“We’re using drones where there’s really no soldiers along the Afghan-Pakistan border,” Graham incorrectly stated, ignoring the fact that Americans have been killed in Yemen and that the deadly drone strikes actually occur deep inside Pakistan, not only along the border.

Furthermore, he ignored the drone strikes in Somalia not to mention the fact that another drone base will reportedly be placed in Niger. Unfortunately, it looks as though these strikes will continue indefinitely.

“But I very much believe we’re at war and any American citizen who aids al Qaeda should be treated as an enemy combatant, not a common criminal,” Graham said. “We’ve done that in every other war and drones are just a tactical weapon in the overall war.”

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8 Responses to Sen. Lindsey Graham on judicial oversight of drone assassinations: ‘worst thing in the world’

  1. Anonymous February 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Graham = traitor of the First Order

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  2. farang February 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I always wonder,, every time I see or hear Lindsey “ladyboy” Graham open his mouth….exactly what the PTB have him doing on video that keeps him spouting such anti-American gibberish.

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  3. Richard February 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    What if you were one of the 3500 killed in Pakistan where you didn’t so much but get married or. . . have a christening?

    Not so silly ;)

    What ya gonna do when you lose a loved one to a mistake?

    Come back to this web site and say “yeah, god bless Amerika?”

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  4. JOHNNY BARTEE February 18, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Mass murderers answer to NO ONE. Not in China, not in Russia, not in Israel, and certainly not in terrorist AMERIKA.

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  5. Nora February 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    It is unacceptable to murder anyone, anywhere. It is an outrage that we fund al Qaeda in secret and portray them as terrorists in public. They are U.S. operatives sent to destabilize countries with natural resources or other valuables and overthrow their legitimate, elected governments which are replaced with commie bidding boys. America is under control by the worst possible threat to human rights–the oligarch run Obama administration. Why have we not impeached him? Why have we not marched into a Bilderberg meeting and arrested the whole lot of them? To kill a snake you cut off its head. Get them all in handcuffs and put them in one of their FEMA camps. Then we can get on with the process of rebuilding our once great country and restoring freedom and human rights like due process.

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  6. Publius February 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Remove the “Presumption of Innocence”? Ok; let me explain the “Presumption of Innocence”, it the burden of proof government must show in order to convict a United States Citizen in order to deprive a person of Life and or Liberty, so in order to do this, A United States Citizen is entitled to a court trial by jury and this is called “Due-Process of Law” it also requires in this case to go before a “Grand Jury” and this Jury is a panel of Citizens and they are not government employees and they decide if they should hand out an “Indictment” for a court trial and if not they go free.

    To day many state court systems have tampered with the Grand Jury’s and reducing them to nothing more than a rubber stamp for the attorneys. The Grand Jury’s are really more or less the fourth branch of out government and have the power to do invesigations into government wrong doing and corruption and can remove these people from office, even judges and attorneys.

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  7. Eileen Kuch February 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Lindsey Graham (aka Benedict Arnold) is nothing more than a traitor who belongs behind bars, not in a US Senate seat. Supporting the unjustified murder of one’s own citizens is an abomination, period.

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  8. Slvrizgold February 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Lindsay Graham looks like a child molestor to me. Whether he is or not, he is a despicable murderer and treasonous to the core. Any politician who advocates murder of citizens without even the minimal pretense of due process of law needs to removed from office and tried in front of his peers. Post haste. This man showed his true colors on NDAA. He is a traitor to his country and public enemy. The scary thing is people like him can choose to LITERALLY eliminate anyone who they determine to be their enemies without due process, but we can’t do jack unless they are prosecuted or voted out.

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